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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire'

1 hour 7 min ago

Cornel West's new book laments the decline of what he calls "prophetic fire" among black leaders, and lifts up six examples of people who were willing to risk their lives in the service of the truth.

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'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

1 hour 7 min ago

Jan Morris's new book is an ode to Renaissance painter Vittore Carpaccio. Yes, the thinly sliced meat is named after him. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Morris about her life, work and favorite painter.

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Election Night Eating: A Tasting Menu For What's At Stake

3 hours 9 min ago

NPR's politics team is hosting an election night party Tuesday. But you can't have a party without good grub. So we've put together a menu inspired by the politics in play.

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A Century Of Black Glamour In This Fine 'Vintage'

3 hours 49 min ago

Nichelle Gainer's new Vintage Black Glamour, based on the popular Tumblr, collects a wealth of historical and biographical information — alongside gorgeous imagery — on great black entertainers.

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With Style And Silo, 'Modern Farmer' Melds Agrarian With Urban Hip

3 hours 51 min ago

Modern Farmer is less than two years old but it's already won a National Magazine Award. "We're making fun of ourselves, in a way, because we don't know anything about farming," says the editor.

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A 19th-Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 5:34pm

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.

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Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:41pm

"I've made a career of playing small supporting roles," McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who "should be a leading lady."

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Spine-Tingling With A Twang: Great Alabama Ghost Stories

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:33pm

There's nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.

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Stephen King On Growing Up, Believing In God And Getting Scared

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:32pm

"The more carny it got, the better I liked it," King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.

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In The Life Of 'Olive Kitteridge,' It's The Little Things That Add Up

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:32pm

The HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand is based on a collection of stories about residents in a small town in Maine. It's about family, friends and the tenuous relationships that make up life.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 9:33am

Dolores Umbridge, enemy of the boy wizard, gets profiled in a new story from Rowling on Halloween. Also: Goodnight Moon goes bilingual, and a campaign for diverse books turns to crowd-funding.

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Halloween Makes Us Think Of ... Diversity In Romance!

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:03am

Romance guru Bobbi Dumas once worked at an international school — and she says the colorful world of the kids' Halloween costumes inspired her to think about diversity in her favorite literature.

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Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the "nocturnal underbelly" of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.

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The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.

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TV Networks Re-imagine Reruns While Keeping Traditional Viewers

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:57am

A new digital platform called Simpson's World has all 25 years' worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 5:20pm

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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Remembering All Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

"There's something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene," says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.

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Funny, Dirty, Sad: The 'Holy Trinity' For 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 1:24pm

When writer Jill Soloway's father came out as a trans woman, Soloway says it was a huge relief. And it helped her create the series Transparent about "boundaries, legacy, gender, family."

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